For the most current schedule of tours, programs, volunteer workdays, and other events hosted by the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, click on the Alliance News above, select Newsletters and then select the most current newsletter from the list.


FEBRUARY - Annual Alliance Winter Hike
2017: Saturday, February 4. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Iron Bridge Trail Head Parking Lot. We will most hike the Henslow Trail in search of the sometimes shy and elusive bison. Whatever the weather, the event is still a "go" and will not be cancelled. Lunch to follow at Hayden's Crossing Restaurant in Wilmington. 
MARCH - Annual Alliance Spring Hike
2017: Sunday, March 26.  Meet at 10 a.m. at the new Waupansee Glacial Trail Parking Lot.  We will hike south to the Bailey Bridge Trail and then to Bailey Bridge/Prairie Creek.  Lunch to follow at the Road House in Manhattan.  Additional info see latest newsletter. 
JULY- Alliance Annual Meeting & Picnic
2017:  Saturday, July 22. Midewin volunteers, staff, friends, and family are invited to an evening potluck picnic and (very short) Alliance meeting on the Midewin Supervisor's Office back patio.  The Alliance will supply the meats and beverages.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. 
JULY- Alliance Annual Day Trip Outing
2017:  Sunday, July 23. Meet at 10 a.m. at Wolf Road Prairie in Westchester, IL.  Lunch at Westchester Inn.  Followed by visit to Belmont Prairie in Downers Grove.  Please RSVP to Jerry Heinrich at or 815)476-6171 to get details. 
SEPTEMBER - National Public Lands Day
2017: Saturday, September 30.  All are welcome to volunteer to help harvest seed, enhance public trails, protect historical sites, and monitor streams, etc. Project teams fill up fast -- to RSVP contact Kathryn Gorman, Midewin Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at (815) 423-2148.  Followed by a complimentary lunch.
NOVEMBER- Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet & Silent Auction
2017: Saturday, November 18, 4 p.m. Joliet Country Club. This invitation only event recognizes the many volunteers who qualified with their service times during the year with a dinner, awards and short program.  We are accepting items for the Silent Auction.  All proceeds will be placed in the Alliance Bison Fund and used for bison related purchases. 
DECEMBER - Midewin Alliance Holiday Dinner
2017:  Tuesday, December 19, 5 p.m.  Williamson's Restaurant, New Lenox. The Alliance Board of Directors welcome Alliance members to meet them for an informal holiday dinner prior to the Board meeting.
2014 Summer Outing to Sweet Fern

2009 Summer Picnic at Iron Bridge Trailhead

The Alliance provides lunch to volunteers at NPLD.

Celebrating 15 years of volunteer service: Sally Planic and Don Grisham with Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang.